Second Knowledge Lecture:
( Stuck - "Water and Fire")
The Names and Alchemical Symbols of the Three Principles of Nature are:
The metals attributed to the Planets in Alchemy are:
COPPER OR BRASS
The following terms are used in books about Alchemy. They have the meanings given below.
The Pure Living Alchemical Spirit of Gold--the refined essence of heat and fire
The Pure Living Alchemical Spirit of Silver--the refined essence of heat and moisture
The Green Lion
The Stem and Root of the Radical Essence of Metals
The Black Dragon
Red--The Qabalistic Microprosopus
Tiphareth-- analagous to Gold and the Sun
White--The Qabalistic Bride of Microprosopus
Malkah--analagous to Silver and the Moon
The Four Orders of the Elements are:
1. The Spirits of the Earth: Gnomes
2. The Spirits of the Air: Sylphs
3. The Spirits of the Water: Undines
4. The Spirits of the Fire: Salamanders
These are the Essential Spiritual Beings called upon to praise God in the 'Benedicite Omnia Opera'.
The Kerubim are the Living Powers of Tetragrammaton on the Material Plane and the Presidents of the Four Elements. They operate through the Fixed or Kerubic Signs of the Zodiac and are thus symbolized and attributed:
Kerub of Air----------Man--------Aquarius
Kerub of Fire---------Lion---------Leo
Kerub of Earth--------Bull----------Taurus
Kerub of Water-------Eagle---------Scorpio
Tetragrammaton means 'Four-Lettered Name' and refers to the Unpronounceable Name of God symbolized by 'Jehovah'.
The Laver of Water of Purification refers to the waters of Binah, the Female Power reflected in the Waters of Creation.
The Altar of Burnt Offering for the sacrifice of animals symbolizes the Qlippoth, or Evil Demons of the plane coniguous to and below the Material Universe. It points out that our passions should be sacrificed.
The Qlippoth are the Evil Demons of Matter and the Shells of the Dead.
The Altar of Incense in the Tabernacle was overlaid with gold. Ours is Black to symbolize our work which is to seperate the philosophic Gold from the Black Dragon of Matter.
This altar diagram shows the Ten Sephiroth with all the connecting Paths numbered and lettered, and the Serpent winding over each Path. Around each Sephira are written the names of the Deity, Archangel and Angelic Host attributed to it. The Twenty-Two Paths are bound together by the Serpent of Wisdom. It unites the Paths but does not touch any of the Sephiroth, which are linked by the Flaming Sword.
The Flaming Sword is formed by the Natural Order of the Tree of Life. It resembles a Flash of Lightning.
Together the Sephiroth and the Twenty-Two Paths form the 32 Paths of the Sefer Yetzirah, or Book of Formation.
The Two Pillars on either side of the Altar represent:
Active: The White Pillar on the South Side. Male. Adam. Pillar of Light and Fire. Right Kerub. Metatron.
Passive: The Black Pillar on the North Side. Female. Eve. Pillar of Cloud. Left Kerub. Sandalphon.
THE SECOND MEDITATION
LET THE ZELATOR meditate on a straight line. Let him take a ruler or pencil and by moving it a distance equal to its length, outline a square.
Having done this, let him, after quieting his mind with the rhythmic breathing taught in the first meditation, mentally formulate a cube, and endeavour to discover the significance of this figure and its correspondences.
Let him meditate upon minerals and crystals, choosing especially a crystal of SALT, and entering into it, actually feel himself of crystalline formation.
Looking out on the Universe from this standpoint, let him identify himself with the EARTH SPIRITS in love and sympathy, recalling as far as he can their prayer as said in the closing of the Zelator Grade.
Let him meditate upon the EARTH TRIPLICITY, visualizing the symbols of a BULL--a VIRGIN--a GOAT which stand for KERUBIC EARTH--MUTABLE EARTH--CARDINAL EARTH.
For the above ideas consult a simple astrology manual. Make notes of the ideas and pictures which arise in your mind.
The Four Worlds of the Qabalah are:
1. ATZILUTH Archetypal Pure Diety 2. BRIAH Creative Archangelic 3. YETZIRAH Formative Angelic 4. ASSIAH Action Action, Man, Shells, Demons
The Ten Houses, or Heavens, of Assiah, the Material World, are:
1. Premium Mobile Rashith ha-Gilgalim 2. Sphere of the Zodiac Mazloth 3. Sphere of Saturn Shabbathai 4. Sphere of Jupiter Tzedeq 5. Sphere of Mars Madim 6. Sphere of Sol Shemesh 7. Sphere of Venus Nogah 8. Sphere of Mercury Kokab 9. Sphere of Luna Levanah 10. Sphere of the Elements Olam Yesodoth
THE DIVINE NAMES ATTRIBUTED TO THE SEPHIROTH
Choir of Angels (Yetzirah)
(The definitions of the Hebrew Names can only be approximate and were not given in the actual GD texts. For the most part the tables of Bill Heidrick was consulted among others)
1. Kether Chayoth ha-Qadesh The Holy Living Creatures 2. Chokmah Auphanim The Wheels / Spinning Ones 3. Binah Aralim The Might Ones / Thrones 4. Chesed Chashmalim The Shining Ones 5. Geburah Seraphim The Burning Ones / Exalted Ones 6. Tipharet Melekim Kings 7. Netzach Elohim Deities 8. Hod Beni Elohim Sons of the Gods 9. Yesod Kerubim Cherubs 10. Malkuth Ashim Fiery Spirits
Archangelic Name (Briah)
1. Kether Metatron "Beyond the Thrones" 2. Chokmah Raziel Secret of God 3. Binah Tzaphqiel Hidden Voice of God 4. Chesed Tzadqiel Righteousness of God 5. Geburah Kamael Longing of God 6. Tipharet Raphael Healing of God 7. Netzach Haniel Ship of God 8. Hod Michael Like God 9. Yesod Gabriel Might One of God 10. Malkuth Sandalphon Soul of the Redeemer
Divine Name (Atziluluth)
1. Kether Eheieh I am 2. Chokmah Yah S/he is 3. Binah Yhvh Elohim S/he is Male and Female Deities 4. Chesed El He is Mighty 5. Geburah Elohim Gibor The Male and Female Deities are Mighty 6. Tipharet Yhvh Eloah ve-Daath God (male) + Knowledge 7. Netzach Yhvh Tzabaoth God is Splendor 8. Hod Elohim Tzabaoth The Male and Female Deities are Splendor 9. Yesod Shaddai El Chai Almighty God Lives Forever! 10. Malkuth Adonai ha-Aretz Lord of the Earth
Symbol Hebrew Name of Planet Angel Intelligence Spirit
Shabbathai Cassiel Agiel Zazel
Tzedek Sachiel Iophiel Hismael
Madim Zamael Graphiel Bartzabel
Shemesh Michael Nakhiel Sorath
Nogah Hanael Hagiel Kedemel
Kokab Raphael Tiriel Taphthartharath
Levanah Gabriel Malkah be Tarshisim ve-ad Ruachoth Schechalim
Schad Barschemoth ha-Shartathan
The traditional Tarot consists of a pack of 78 cards made up of Four Suits of 14 cards each, together with 22 Trumps, or Major Arcana, which tell the story of the Soul.
Each suit consists of ten numbered cards, as in the modern playing cards, but there are four instead of three honours: King or Knight, Queen, Prince or Emperor, Princess or Knave.
the Four Suits are:
1. Wands or Sceptres comparable to Diamonds ¨ 2. Cups of Chalices comparable to Hearts © 3. Swords comparable to Spades ª 4. Pentacles or Coins comparable to Clubs §